Director: Simon West

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Danny Huston, Malin Akerman, M. C. Gainey, Sami Gayle, Mark Valley, Josh Lucas

b! Says: ***


Stolen will entertain action junkies

'Stolen' isn't the brightest, most thrilling or original kidnap flick around but is certainly worth a watch if movies like 'Taken' are your cup of tea.

Will Montgomery (Nicolas Cage) is a thief who gets caught stealing 10 million dollars and is put away for eight years. FBI officials never recover the money and believe that Will stashed it in a secret place before surrendering himself.  After Will's released from prison, his daughter is kidnapped by an old accomplice Vincent (Josh Lucas) who wants his share of the haul he thinks Will has put away. Will now has twelve hours to find his daughter or money to pay off the ransom and has to also deal with the officers who are hot on his trail, hoping that he will lead them to the unrecovered booty.

Cage plays the distraught father well, but looks clumsy during the action sequences. While Neeson looked at ease while pulling a punch (or four) in 'Taken', every step Cage takes in 'Stolen' looks like a massive effort and it shows on his face and in his body language. Josh Lucas snarls and growls for most of the movie, though is convincing as the unhinged kidnapper. The FBI officers (Danny Huston, Mark Valley) are straight out of a Bollywood movie - ineffectual, bumbling and always arriving at the scene of the crime after everything's done. The ladies (Malin Akerman, Sami Gayle) do too little that's worth much mention.

'Stolen' starts off at a running pace, but develops a limp soon after. There are also lapses in logic that will make you laugh out loud - most especially in the climatic scenes. Still, with handfuls of proverbial salt, the action sequences are enjoyable and the madness of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans is nicely tied in with one chase in particular.

'Stolen' is unintentionally hilarious and predictable, but entertains. Action junkies will enjoy it.